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I stole that title of from the Blowhards and I’m not sorry — go read this post about the forgotten author of Auntie Mame, Patrick Dennis. Michael Blowhard asks

Hey, some other questions that the Patrick Dennis thing may leave us wondering about:

Why don’t we value light entertainment more than we do?
Why don’t we value pleasure more than we do?
If it’s OK to think of Boucher, Fragonard, Fred Astaire, and Cary Grant as immortals, why not delightful writers too?

There may be more important questions concerning writing as an art market — but I can’t think of any.

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2 comments

1 MAS { 05.04.09 at 7:50 am }

One of the recent threads on Making Light (but which one?) reminded me yet again how much I don’t understand humans, or civilization, or something like that. We don’t value light entertainment or pleasure? Huh?
(Patrick Dennis forgotten? Well, I guess I’ve forgotten to read him for about thirty years, but before that I devoured everything I could find of his. I concluded that Auntie Mame was indeed his best, and what he’d be remembered for, but it was all good.)

2 Mike { 05.04.09 at 5:03 pm }

Sam, one of the points made in the post was that book people – make that the literati – seem to to have more of a problem taking pleasure and entertainment seriously than do intellectuals involved in public arts such as theater and the movies, or even the visual arts.

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